While I covered a variety of different cases of the abuses of women in the Bible, I wanted to cover this story in its own context. For the other references of how women were openly abused by this ‘god’ and his priests, see the links below. In this post, I’m going to cover a well known bible story, and hone in on something often overlooked.
Lot and his Daughters
This story is about Sodom and Gomorrah. As the story goes, this god is upset that there are ‘sinners’ in these two towns. God decides he’s going to kill everyone (yet again), including children. However, god claims he found one good man (Lot). The story goes that ‘god’ sends his angels to warn Lot to leave with his family, as god is going to destroy it the next day.
The angels show up to Lot, and appear as men to the town. The men of the town evidently are a bunch of rapists. They surround Lot’s home and demand the angels (appearing as ordinary men) be handed over to be raped.
Lot, the only ‘good man’ decides that the best way to handle this is to offer up his virgin daughters:
4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”
What an inane story. It isn’t even logical or reasonable. First of all, Lot knows that two angels have appeared to him. But Lot feels the need to protect these angels? I don’t know about you, but if two angels came to me (and I knew they were from god), I would seek their help, not expect to defend them.
Secondly, why is Lot’s first course of action to offer up his daughters to be repeatedly raped? This is a classic Abrahamic view, that all women are objects for the lust of men. Lot doesn’t even have enough love for his daughters to keep them safe.
How, as a woman, could you go along with a story like this?
Responding to Arguments
If you defend this saying, “well that’s the ‘Old Testament,'” remember, this bible claims that god is the same god. This ‘god’ thinks of Lot, a man who would serve his virgin daughters on a plate for her rapists, as a “good man.”
But what can you expect from a book that allows a rapist to buy his victim. (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)